Point Boro readies to welcome back students

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POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District is getting ready to welcome back students on a full-day schedule with five days of in-person instruction beginning Sept. 7.

The regular school schedules are as follows: Point Pleasant Borough High School 7:50 a.m. to 2:38 p.m.; Memorial Middle School 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Nellie F. Bennett Elementary School 8:45 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; and Ocean Road Elementary School 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

“This school year will kick off with a focus on social and emotional learning [SEL] embedded into the instructional practice,” Superintendent Adam Angelozzi said during the Aug. 23 meeting of the district board of education.

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According to district leaders, teachers in grades 6-12 have engaged in professional development focused on social and emotional learning supports and have developed a guidebook of strategies that support social and emotional learning in classroom environments.

The district has added an additional guidance counselor at the elementary school level to ensure that a mental health professional is available at both elementary schools during the school year.

Teachers in grades K-5 will continue to utilize Responsive Classroom tools and strategies. Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach. It consists of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.

The YMCA will now be offering outpatient counseling services at all four schools within the district. In consultation and collaboration with parents/guardians, referrals for counseling will go through district counselors and Child Study Team members. Each school has set aside private and secure rooms for the counseling to take place.

“Over the summer, our teachers have been busy at work participating in trainings and reviewing curriculum pacing. A priority focus this year is to review student assessment data to help plan for targeted instruction in class, as well as provide supports before or after school,” Susan Ladd, director of curriculum and instruction wrote in a recent letter to district families.

“Our staff will also be prepared to review life skills that are necessary for success, such as time management, goal setting, organizational skills etc. We know our students will be adapting to the full day routines and expectations and may need additional supports in both academic and mental health areas.”

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